The past few weeks have been crazy! One of the dogs we care for ran away during a storm, and Billy is working for an extra few
weeks. And we are STILL up in the air as to where in Scotland we will be moving! Part of us yearns to be in the country, to frolic in the grass and gaze at the loch…then another part wants to be all metropolitan and move to Edinburgh. I love that city and like many of you, I consider it to be one of Europe’s coolest cities. The art scene there has much to offer actors such as Billy, writers like myself, and wee drama queens like Kaya. There are so many museums, parks, things to see and do. That’s not to say that there isn’t a lot of activities in the Highlands ( as there are many) but things are spread out. And if we move to Lochaber, which is a possibility, we will be somewhat far from Inverness and Aberdeen.
One of the houses we are looking at is a large 5 bedroom semi furnished log cabinesque place, located in Acharacle. The great thing about the place is not only is it large but is set amidst Loch Schiel. It is beyond beautiful, and a perfect place to raise free range kids. It’s also a few minutes away from amenities and a small village. It’s also quite a bit of a drive to the city.
We don’t mind driving alot and in fact Billy and I both feel that driving through the Scottish countryside would be somewhat of a dream. When we drove from Phuket to Ranong over and over, never once did I regret the four hour journey. All Kaya and I could do was stare out of the window in amazement. She barely watched any movies ( I think only one actually) and slept the end of the trip. She was mesmerized by the lush countryside and tropical atmosphere, with fruit stalls galore and little cafes dotting the roadside. Driving to Krabi was the same. Although we would love to only take trains and public transportation, having a car is fun when roads aren’t crazy, and our long drives here and in Italy added to Kaya becoming the explorer she is, fascinated by her surroundings. This is an important virtue I want her to keep: amazement.
We also have plans to visit Grandma and Grandpa in the States and have been looking at Sun Country Airlines and other places to begin making plans. This will be Kaya’s first time back to the States since she was 15 months old, and she hasn’t seen Grandpa Bradley since she was 3 months. She loves talking with him via skype and I know she will be elated to see him again. I also really enjoyed visiting them in Birmingham, which ( as I keep reminding my husband) has great fried pickles!!